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"Guernica" is back. This time it is not
about the Nazi
bombs on a village in
Spain but about the USA dropping bombs
massacring hundreds of
civilians that include women and children in
of Fallujah, Iraq. As
Franco in "Guernica", the USA military
is denying that it is
but censored reports are
filtering out of Iraq that say that
over half of the Mosques
city lie in ruins and that US Marines are utilizing
gasses against the city's defenders...
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November: Pablo Picasso's haunting painting,
'Guernica', has immortalized that Spanish city whose brutal
destruction was a precursor to all the horrendous death and suffering of
World War II, now a finally fading generation ago. It
was on Thanksgiving Day that we published detailed foreign
reports about what has been done this month by what many in the
world now consider to be the imperial crusading forces of the United
States and Great Britain, 'on our watch', to the Iraqi city of
'Falluja' -- Falluja in
Memoriam on Thanksgiving. Now this haunting essay, "Fallujah:
America's Guernica", suggests a historical twist in time and fate we
all should be pondering.
Chilean Demonstrators in Santiago Chile during the visit of
President George W. Bush earlier this month
Fallujah : America's
by Hector Carreon
Los Angeles, Alta
California, November 10, 2004 - (ACN - La Voz de Aztlan).
1937, the Nazi Luftwaffe dropped 100,000 pounds of bombs on the
Basque village of Guernica, Spain on the urging of the Fascist
Generalisimo Francisco Franco. At the end of the day, Guernica was in
total ruins and 1,654 Basque civilians had been slaughtered and 889
wounded. The world in those days was horrified by the deed.
Franco initially denied to the press that the raid ever took place.
Later, when photographs of the massacre were published, the Fascist
Franco blamed the destruction of Guernica and the killings on those who
defended it. <>The brutal
attack on the Basque civilians by massive and indiscriminate bombardment
was immortalized by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in his 1937 painting
titled "Guernica". The painting "Guernica" has now become a worldwide
symbol of the horrors of war waged by evil fascists and dictators who
place no value on human life in their pursuits of political goals and
conquest of natural resources. Thomas Gordon and Max Morgan in their book,
"Guernica: The Crucible of World War II" quotes a survivor, "The air was
alive with the cries of the wounded. I saw a man crawling down the street,
dragging his broken legs.... Pieces of people and animals were lying
everywhere.... In the wreckage there was a young woman. I could not take
my eyes off her. Bones stuck through her dress. Her head twisted right
around her neck. She lay, mouth open, her tongue hanging out. I vomited
and lost consciousness”.
"Guernica" is back. This time it is not about the Nazi
dropping bombs on a village in Spain but about the USA dropping bombs
and massacring hundreds of civilians that include women and children in
the town of Fallujah, Iraq. As Franco in "Guernica", the USA military
is denying that it is targeting civilians, but censored reports are
filtering out of Iraq that say that over half of the Mosques in the
city lie in ruins and that US Marines are utilizing outlawed lethal
gasses against the city's defenders which are also causing massive
casualties among the civilians that remain in the city. Other reports
the Arab media talk about hundreds of civilian casualties under the
rubble of homes that were hit by USA bombs during the initial military
"softening" of the city. Gruesome photographs of the dead are
reminiscent of the survivor's account of "Guernica" as quoted above.
It is ironic that in February 5th of 2003, when Secretary of
Colin Powell was making a call for war against Iraq before the United
Nations Security Council in New York City, that the copy of Picasso's
"Guernica" on the second floor of the UN building was "covered" with a
large drape. Just 24 hours after Powell failed to convinced the
U.N. Security Council members, President George W. Bush declared "The
game is over" and launched the brutal Zionist inspired "Shock and Awe"
attack against Iraq. The number of Iraqi civilians that have been blown
to pieces by USA bombs and missiles since then are still being counted.
Fallujah today is America's Guernica and the USA media is
the criminal murderous military operation under way. In addition there
is absolutely no outcry from the USA political establishment. This
points to a deep spiritual and moral malaise among Americans and decay
in the leadership of the USA.
The media is not raising any objections to the war crimes in
but instead make the savage military operations as if they were normal.
The media reports conceal from Americans the true character of the
vicious military assault which is to destroy a significant source of
opposition to the USA colonialist occupation and its puppet regime.
Like Generalisimo Franco in Guernica, Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld is lying to the American public about the number of
casualties in Fallujah. There are about 30,000 civilians left in
Fallujah and many of these have already been killed. The rest are
in the house to house US Marine assaults. It will take months if not
years to determine the extent of the civilian massacre.
Fallujah is America's Guernica! Who would have foreseen that
that liberated Europe from those responsible for Guernica would today
take their place? Bloodthirstiness now pervades the USA media, the
political establishment and large portions of the American people. One
shudders to think were all this will lead. Armageddon perhaps?
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Pablo Picasso's haunting painting, 'Guernica', has immortalized that Spanish city whose brutal destruction was a precursor to all the horrendous death and suffering of World War II, now a finally fading generation ago. It was on Thanksgiving Day that we published detailed foreign reports about what has been done this month by what many in the world now consider to be the imperial crusading forces of the United States and Great Britain, 'on our watch', to the Iraqi city of 'Falluja' -- Falluja in Memoriam on Thanksgiving. Now this haunting essay, "Fallujah: America's Guernica", suggests a historical twist in time and fate we all should be pondering.